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Gov. Scott Walker speaks during a press conference at the State Capitol in Madison in February. 


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday declined to comment on former FBI director James Comey's claim that President Donald Trump is "morally unfit" to hold the office.

"I’ll leave that up to the people who are elected for federal office, since that’s a federal issue," Walker said when asked about Comey's comments, made during an ABC News interview that aired Sunday evening.

It's not the first time Walker has taken this approach when asked about developments related to the Trump administration, particularly those tied to Comey. 

Asked in May 2017 to respond to Trump's decision to fire Comey, Walker said he would leave the issue to members of the U.S. House and Senate since "it is a federal issue and I don't have any legal expertise."

Walker took questions from reporters at the state Capitol after signing into law a bill that will provide reemployment rights, death benefits and continuation pay benefits to National Guard members and their families while they are mobilized to state active duty.

While he declined to wade into the Trump-Comey dispute, Walker denounced the alleged behavior of a Republican governor with whom he has previously campaigned.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens faces a felony charge of invasion of privacy after allegedly photographing a naked woman without her consent during an extramarital affair. The woman, who the Republican-controlled state Legislature has deemed to be "credible," said Greitens hit her, coerced her into sexual activity and threatened her during the course of the relationship.

"I think it’s a horribly sad situation there," Walker said. "I think, looking at what the Legislature said there, if those reports are accurate and it seems like they keep reaffirming those, I don’t know how someone stays in that position. I think for the citizens of the state, it’s difficult, if not impossible, for him to govern."

Walker also did his best to dispel any rumors that he could jump ship for a position in Trump's administration — a question which has come up from time to time since his eventual embrace of Trump after running for president himself and backing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the Wisconsin presidential primary. 

Citing the advice of Republican former Gov. Tommy Thompson, who served as Secretary of Health and Human Services for four years under former President George W. Bush, Walker said he would "100 percent" not take a Cabinet position if the opportunity arose.

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He said Thompson has told him countless times that his worst day as governor was better than his best day in the Cabinet.

"So I can unequivocally, without hesitation, tell you I will never willingly leave the role as governor through the end of this next coming term," Walker said. "I'm running for re-election to serve a full term."

Walker's presidential bid began shortly after he was elected to serve a second term in 2014. His approval rating hovered below or near 40 percent for nearly a year after he ended the campaign September 2015, hitting 37 percent at its lowest point.

While running for re-election in 2014, he said "my plan is if the people of the state of Wisconsin elect me on Nov. 4 is to be here for four years."

When he announced his re-election bid last fall, he said he was "absolutely committed to serving out (his) term as governor" if re-elected.

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Jessie Opoien covers state government and politics for the Capital Times. She joined the Cap Times in 2013 and has also covered Madison life, race relations, culture and music. She has also covered education and politics for the Oshkosh Northwestern.